Category: Travel

Dec 25

Find the North Star

In a previous article we talked about important life skills. This piece passes on some very useful knowledge to aid in land navigation without the use of compass or map. Land navigation is an essential life skill, but sometimes we don’t have a compass or perhaps there may be interference to the satellite that feeds your …

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Apr 24

Planning the trip to China

This article is the first in a series about planning and preparing for what is likely to be the most exciting trip of my lifetime! I’ve had a long time fascination with Asia, particularly China and Japan. Regular readers of this blog will remember the article from August of 2012, on Karate-do and found here. …

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Mar 15

Spring Break

Another of my students from China, is a visiting scholar at Penn State University. She will be here for one year researching the American education system. Her first big surprise was the amount of snow we’ve had this year and the very cold temperatures. I know she is looking forward to spring, as we all …

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Jan 17

Pork Adobo

  Each January since 2010, I make a batch of Pork Adobo to commemorate my visit to the Philippines. This is a perfect item to cook in a Dutch oven. The dish, Adobo is a remnant from when the Spanish ruled the seas and the Philippines were colonized by the European power. There are a …

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Oct 12

Personal Safety and Self Defense.

As the evening darkness advances a little earlier this time of year, it is important to be more vigilant to the perils of street crime. Car prowls, purse snatches and muggings increase as the holiday shopping season approaches. Walking with a friend and staying along well-lit streets and parking areas at night are two basic …

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Sep 27

Visiting Guests From China and Another Day Trip to NYC

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar this year their Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated in September and many of my regular students were on holiday. Here is an interesting site called ChineseTools. It has some resources that can be helpful for non-Chinese to understand Chinese culture. This past week, one of my students, Vivian, her husband …

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Sep 05

More MET Sculpture.

A follow up to my recent blog-post titled The MET Sculpture Gardens, I want to share more photos with my readers. One of my favorite sections of the MET is the American Wing, exhibits #700 – 774. Of particular interest is #700, the atrium, a stunningly beautiful room with an abundant amount of natural light. …

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Aug 25

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a long standing landmark in NYC. For many years it held the record as the tallest building in the world. I have memories from childhood of going to the top floor with Dad one day. It was terrific to look over the tops of every other building in that city …

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Aug 22

The MET sculpture gardens.

Beginning this year, several of my ESL students will be attending universities in the U.S. One of my students from China will be attending Pratt Institute in NYC. She is a talented young artist. With further training her hope is to develop her artistic abilities. We had an opportunity to meet up in Manhattan for …

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May 29

Contrasts in Culture

During a recent lesson with one of my long term students, the discussion ventured into the realm of cultural differences. As source material to further the dialogue I shared 3 articles from the Mind Tools website; Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions, The Seven Dimensions of Culture and Avoiding Cross-Culture Faux Pas. In his very informative study, Geert …

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